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Old 09-14-2013, 08:41 PM   #1
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What is the proper size of gap in sheathing for ridge cap?


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I'm working on a 10'x10' shed with a 4/12 gable roof. What is the ideal sized gap in the plywood at the ridge for the ridge cap vent? My target was 3" on each side, but I forgot to figure for the fascia board so I ended with a little more than 4" on each side to the ridge. Is this acceptable or do I need to nail in a small strip of plywood or take some other action?

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the gap should only be about 1 1/2" on each side. and kept back from the edge one truss spacing. where its a shed its not really needed if you have soffit venting and a gable end vent

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Ok so I messed up there. I do plan to have soffit venting and gable vents. Would you recommend just cutting a 4" strip for each side and completing the roof, or should I do something else?
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I do plan to have soffit venting and gable vents.
With a ridge vent outlet.. soffit only for inlet works better.

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Would you recommend just cutting a 4" strip...
I'd recommend following the instructions with the ridge vent.

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Way to wide a gap, now water can get in.
No need to gable vents of there's a ridge vent, in fact a gable vent will short circuit the ridge vent and make it useless.
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either way you only need 1 1/2" of space at the ridge per side. it sounds like you want 4" on both sides

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